5 Real Theories About Doug That Will Shock You to Your Core
By now it should come as no surprise that some of the best cartoons are filled with bad lessons. Rugrats was shady; Spongebob Squarepants continues to be disturbing… It’s disheartening, you know? However, none of the hidden messages or sexual innuendos on any of the other cartoons (so far) are any match for what we encountered when digging into the depths of Doug. Here are five actual running theories on the Internet surrounding the beloved Nickelodeon show that’ll shock you to your core:
1. Doug Funnie is crazy. “He is prone to delusions of grandeur, delusions of guilt, and delusions of reference, often mixed with grandiose delusions. The evidence is piling up against Doug’s young brain, and most of it points to manic bipolar disorder.” — Doug Funnie’s Journal Tumblr
2. Doug and his sister are on drugs. Rather than submit to the belief that Doug has a mental disorder, like in the theory above, some suggest that his delusions were a side effect of narcotics. “A confused Doug found peace in a curious substance his sister brought home. Though we never truly see Doug receive LSD from Judy, it is suggested. Judy is adamant about Doug keeping out of her room. (Remember the episode when Doug had to sneak into her school? Judy was f***ing PISSED that Doug went through her stuff at home.) Perhaps this is due to Judy discovering that Doug was taking a piece or two of blotter paper. Then there was the episode where Doug was home alone and Doug snuck into Judy’s room. Why would he doing that? Surely he has seen her room before. Maybe he was going in to get something… specifically hallucinogenic drugs.” –Wikia (Creepy Pasta)
3. Doug is racist. Years ago, executive producer Doug Campbell said of the multitude of skin tones on the show, “Look, we’re not black people, we’re not Mexican, but we want the cartoon to speak to all groups.” So show creator Jim Jinkins said, “Let’s try coloring them all different colors.” Still, that doesn’t mean the show didn’t favor one race over another. Notice that while the characters boast every color from green to orange to purple, its lead is white. —B**** Magazine
4. Roger was the victim of child abuse. “By and large, just about ALL aggressive bullies are indeed the victims of aggressive bullying themselves, which is almost always via the hands of a family member or close acquaintance. As a means of masking the inferiority of not having a father figure, Roger attempts to form a synthetic family consisting of all of the schoolhouse ruffians, an act which makes him his OWN paternal figure, in a way.” —Retro Junk
5. Patti Mayonnaise is a closeted lesbian. “She REALLY likes sports… She never showed any interest in Doug other than friendship… She never seemed to do well in ‘girly’ situations (i.e. Cooking).” In other words, she defies the stereotypes of a heterosexual female. —Wilton Drive
Again, these are all just theories, and do not represent the views of Teen.com. Now that you’ve read them all, what do you think of Doug? Tell us your own theories in the comments below.